One of the most important aspects when starting a website is its SEO strategy, and the way the site is designed and maintained. The less attention that is spent on the search engine optimization, the less visible it will be when the search engines index it. There was a time when people didn’t have search engines to worry about, or rather, to help them in the hunt for their favorite topic or subject. In the beginning, you had to know the exact word to get the results you wanted. Even if you slightly deviated from that word, you would end up not finding what you were looking for. Of course search engines became more and more advanced, and now their speed is unmatched if compared to older incarnations.
However, as with everything when it comes to the Internet, the journey to get to the place we are today has been long, turbulent and sometimes quite chaotic. Since the first time search engines were introduced on the Internet, there have been quite a lot of companies that have been fighting to get to where Google is today.
Infographic Labs studied the history of search engines and came up with quite an informative timeline of the history of search engines. If you think you knew them all, think again. Most of them I recognize, but there are some that are new, and I don’t know if all of them are in operation anymore. Google is the heaviest of the champions, but there is a quote that people in Silicon Valley are familiar with that says “Anyone in a garage could come up with a great enough idea to take down an empire. All you need is that idea.”